A last call has gone out encouraging winners, finalists and sponsors of the inaugural Tees Tech
Awards to boost funds in support some of Teesside’s poorest children.
While 11 gongs were handed out – virtually – to the great and the good of the region’s digital sector,
organisers Tees Business also aim to do some good for society too.
All funds raised via a Just Giving page will be donated to popular local charity Middlesbrough and
Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
So far £840 has been raised via donors including Company of the Year finalists Tascomp, Tech for
Good sponsors Racz Group, Bev Goodall of drinks sponsors Abacus Bean and organisers Tees
Business – but there’s time for more to show their support.
Every penny raised will be donated towards sending some of Teesside’s most disadvantaged children
and their families for a short break in the Foundation’s three holiday homes on a caravan site at
Reighton Sands, near Filey.
The charity works with local schools and other organisations to identify deserving local families to go
on short breaks that would otherwise be beyond their means.
Their latest caravan, which has been specially adapted for those with physical disabilities, was
donated to the Foundation by the Finlay Cooper Fund, a charity set up by former Middlesbrough
footballer Colin Cooper and his wife Julie in memory of the son they in tragic circumstances shortly
before his second birthday.
“In normal circumstances, we’d have asked those attending the awards event to slip a £10 note or
more into an envelope,” said Dave Allan, executive editor of Tees Business, who also donate £1,000
a year to the charity as members of the Foundation’s Infant Hercules Charity Club. “But we didn’t
want the charity to suffer just because the awards were virtual.”
Martin Walker, Dave’s fellow executive editor, added: “We’re grateful for the donations from all
those who’ve helped out already, especially the very generous donations from Racz Group, Tascomp
and Abacus Bean.
“We hope sponsors, winners and finalists, as well as interested onlookers will play their part in
helping us boost the Philanthropic Foundation’s funds and enabling some struggling Teesside
families to get a much-needed break away from the challenges of the daily grind.”
Donations can be made via the following link: www.justgiving.com/teestechawards